Cooper Sharp Lobster Mac and Cheese

Melt Melt MELT 8 8 SERVES: 8

Sometimes you want your mac and cheese nice and traditional. But sometimes you’ve just got to dress it up a little. You know, make it fancy. Enter Cooper Sharp Lobster Mac and Cheese. Because nothing says fancy like a little lobster. And when you add the Cooper Cheese, that’s when it starts really looking sharp. Really, you could hardly get fancier if you put your mac and cheese in a tux.

INGREDIENTS

1 16-ounce box dried uncooked cavatappi pasta
4 1/2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon pepper
3 cups whole milk
8 ounces frozen or imitation lobster meat, diced
1 pound Cooper Sharp White or Yellow cheese, sliced
bacon crumbles
fresh chives, chopped

DIRECTIONS

Preheat oven to 350°F.

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain.

In a 3-quart saucepan, melt butter until sizzling. Stir in flour, salt and pepper. Add whole milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly, until mixture boils and thickens, or about 5 to 7 minutes. Reduce heat to low and stir in cheese. Stirring constantly, warm cheese until it is melted, or about 5 to 7 minutes.

Once cheese is melted, add cooked pasta and coat well. Mix in lobster meat, making sure to incorporate the chunks evenly. Add additional pepper to taste.

Remove from heat and serve topped with bacon crumbles and fresh chives.